Earn a projected 7.2%1 tax-free2 with an ISA

You can earn stable returns while supporting the UK economy.

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Subject to eligibility. Your actual return may be higher or lower and your capital is at risk.

  • Proven track record over 7 years
  • Choose a lending option to suit you
  • Lend easily with automatic tools
  • No fees to access your money
  • Support 100s of British businesses

71,000 investors have lent £2.7 billion through Funding Circle, earning £135 million in interest.3

£2.7 billion
Lent to UK businesses since 2010

Innovative Finance ISA

Boost your returns with tax-free interest

Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) are accounts for saving and investments that let you earn tax-free returns2.

A new type of ISA for online lending

The Funding Circle ISA is an Innovative Finance ISA. This tax year you have a subscription of £20,000 which can be split between a Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA, Lifetime ISA, and Innovative Finance ISA.

Make your money work harder

An Innovative Finance ISA allows you to earn tax-free interest by lending directly to British businesses2. You can earn attractive returns without the volatility that can occur when investing in shares or equities.

  1. The projected return is an estimate of what investors could earn on the Balanced lending option, after fees and bad debt. It uses the loans we expect to be funded on the platform, and the estimated bad debt rate of those loans based on our all-time loan data. By lending to businesses your capital is at risk. See the full calculation here.
  2. The tax-free entitlement of an ISA depends on the individual circumstances of each investor, and may be subject to change in the future. By lending through the Funding Circle ISA, you use your ISA subscription regardless of the earnings you make. This means you may lose your tax benefits if your loan parts don't earn interest. You should consider speaking with your Financial advisor before making any investment.
  3. Interest earned is after fees and bad debt. Please note, past performance is not a guarantee of future performance.
The Telegraph
Funding Circle has been the most lucrative [peer-to-peer platform]. Since I joined in August 2012, drip feeding cash in, my returns, after all fees and bad debt adjustment, have been 6.2pc.
Martin Lewis, writing in The Daily Telegraph, 2013

How lending works

At Funding Circle you lend directly to established small British businesses. They get the funds they need to grow, and you can earn attractive returns as they pay you back each month.

Choose your lending option

To help you get the return you’re looking for, you can choose between two lending options. You can switch options at any time by logging in online.


Balanced

7.2%4
Projected return5
  • You lend to the full range of creditworthy businesses to build a balanced portfolio
  • This option has a higher projected return, with a higher estimated bad debt rate

Conservative

4.8% 4
Projected return5
  • You only lend to creditworthy businesses that have been assessed as lower risk
  • This option has a lower projected return, with a lower estimated bad debt rate

Whichever lending option you choose, you'll automatically lend your funds to relevant businesses. We'll also collect and reinvest your monthly repayments.


  1. The rates shown are the projected returns, after fees and bad debts, but before tax, that a diversified investor could earn with each lending option. These rates may change over time, and your actual return may be higher or lower. By lending to businesses your capital is at risk.
  2. It's important to remember you are lending to your own individual portfolio of businesses, so your own projected return may be higher or lower than the projected return of your lending option.

Simple to use at every step

The Funding Circle ISA works just like our Classic account. With an easy-to-use online account, automatic tools and fantastic investor support, earning attractive and stable returns is quick and simple.

  1. Open your online account

    Set up your account in minutes and transfer money from your debit card.

  2. Start lending automatically

    Our automatic lending tool allows you to lend small amounts to hundreds of different businesses.

  3. Receive monthly repayments

    You’ll typically receive repayments with interest each month from the businesses you’ve lent to.

  4. Repayments are reinvested

    By keeping our lending tool switched on, your repayments will then be lent out again to help maximise your earnings.

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Limits and transfers

Annual subscription

You can only open one Innovative Finance ISA in any tax year. There is a subscription limit of £20,000 this tax year, which you can split across all types of ISA.

ISA transfers

Earn even more by transferring your balance from other ISA providers. Simply login to your account to print an ISA transfer form. Read more here.

Minimum investment

To help you build a well diversified portfolio for a more stable return, we suggest lending £2,000 or more. If you’d like to start with less, the minimum initial transfer is £1,000.

Watch how peer-to-peer lending works, and see how your lending can help businesses throughout the UK.

Accessing your funds

Your funds will be lent to businesses who borrow over 6 months to 5 years, but you have options to access your money at any stage. When you’re ready you have two options:

Withdraw as you go

Turn off reinvesting and withdraw your repayments as they come in.

Withdraw a lump sum

Select the amount you’d like to withdraw, and sell your active loans to other investors using our automatic selling tool.

If you want to transfer your ISA to another provider, you must sell your loans first and transfer the cash raised. Any loans that cannot be sold may no longer be eligible for tax-free interest. Please read our FAQs for more detail.

There are no fees for selling loans. While usually very fast, selling loans is not instant and depends on demand from other investors looking to buy at that time. You can only sell active loans with no credit issues, and not in the last month of their term.

ISA key facts and features

All ISAs:

  • You have a subscription of £20,000 this year which can be split across all ISA types
  • You must be 18+ years of age and a UK resident
  • You need a National Insurance number to apply
  • You can only subscribe to one Innovative Finance ISA per year

The Funding Circle ISA:

  • The Funding Circle ISA is a flexi ISA. Under ISA rules you can take your money out of your ISA account and put it back later in the same tax year, without losing your tax-free entitlement.
  • The Funding Circle ISA requires a minimum initial investment of £1,000
  • You cannot transfer funds directly from a Classic account to an ISA account. You must first sell your loans, then transfer the money raised into your ISA account.
  • You can earn even more by transferring your balance from other ISA providers. Simply login to your account to print an ISA transfer form. Read more here.
  • In the unlikely event that Funding Circle goes out of business, you would continue to receive repayments for your loans and our back-up service provider would administer the ISA for you.

How do we manage risk?

Only established businesses who have passed our rigorous credit assessment process can borrow through Funding Circle. However, it’s important to remember that some businesses will not be able to fully repay their loan. We call this a bad debt, and it’s already accounted for in your projected return.

Diversification is the best way to manage risk. This simply means spreading your lending across hundreds of businesses, lending small amounts to each one. To help you build a well diversified portfolio for a more stable return, we suggest lending £2,000 or more. If you’d like to start with less, the minimum initial transfer is £1,000.


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